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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 28, 2013 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St. Stephen>It's A Sin>St. Stephen

Right; Buddy Holly replaces some of the most eloquent writing of our man? For shame...and the most forceful music, ever...

What were they thinking?

;(

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 28, 2013 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St. Stephen>It's A Sin>St. Stephen

You messin' with Buddy Holly?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 28, 2013 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St. Stephen>It's A Sin>St. Stephen

Actually, as BD will vouch, I think Buddy was one of the 3-4 most influential R&R artists of all time, er, the 60s anyhoo! Assume that makes sense: BH, Donovan, B Jones and Syd Barrett are my 3-4 "critically impt 60s era influences".

Nonetheless, there is only so much one can say about those 2-3 min ditties, eh? A la Cuck Berry, etc., etc.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Feb 28, 2013 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St. Stephen>It's A Sin>St. Stephen

Consider this my "vouch" for WT.

Rave on!

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 28, 2013 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St. Stephen>It's A Sin>St. Stephen

Gee - considering what they did with NFA in 1970, it makes up for the loss of almost anything... A 2-3 minute ditty it wasn't. (Of course later on it became more of a throwaway.)
And, though more direct, the NFA lyrics are quite eloquent in their own way. Anyway, it's part of the Dead's turn in that period to a more direct, less baroque style, as they gradually cast off most of the Anthem & Aoxomoxoa material in '69-70 in favor of simpler stuff. (Casting off TC was also part of that process!)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 28, 2013 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St. Stephen>It's A Sin>St. Stephen

Well, actually, I didn't mean it that way, I was joking about the lyrics...miscommunication, I think.

But now that you put it as one jam against another, I would venture to say the Eleven is far and away superior to any NFA jam...? Perhaps that's too strong, but I would put the Eleven as THE jam song of the DEAD, personally...I wouldn't be able to come up with any equal to it.